2 Easy Ways to Get Hy-Vee Groceries Without Stepping into the Store

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Online shopping is the future. Since someone else will be doing the hands-on shopping for you, it's important to shop from a place that has a user-friendly system, high quality products, and a money back…

How to Freeze Green Onions or Scallions

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Can you freeze green onions? So, this is one of those posts that many of you will chuckle at and think, "You didn't know that?" I am here to tell you that, no, I did not know that you can freeze…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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With just a few pantry ingredients, you can have a large batch of marinara sauce cooking in your slow cooker in no time. You can also use this homemade marinara recipe to stock your freezer. Instant Pot…

All-Natural DIY Drano: Safe and Effective Toilet Declogger

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano recipe really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick two different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no pun intended.) Let…

The Why and How to a Weekly Budget Meeting

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Is there anything more uncomfortable than talking about money?!? I mean, just saying the word "money" kind of makes my skin crawl. And what about the word "budget"?? That evokes a wide range of emotions,…
10 Things I'm Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

10 Things I'm Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

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The beach is my happy place. And I’ve always wanted my children to be able to see and experience the ocean and white sands beaches of the Florida panhandle, like I’ve been fortunate enough to…
How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

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Guest post and photography by my daddy, Curt. He also shared this post a while back. Every summer a strange phenomenon takes place in many American garages:  Hummingbirds fly in, but they don’t…

How to Freeze and Save Garden Zucchini

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I have NEVER had such a great zucchini harvest. It seems like every time I go down to my garden, there are huge zucchinis waiting for me. I have zucchinis in all shapes and sizes and hardly know what…
safe way to show youtube videos

Mom Hack: Safest Way to Show Youtube Videos to Kids

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Do you like to watch Youtube videos with your kids? Or are you a teacher in some capacity and show Youtube videos to children? If so, you may find this tip helpful that my friend, Christine, sent me. SafeShare.TV…
How to Refinish an Old Lamp

How to Refurbish an Old Lamp

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It's high time I introduce you to my dad. Although a former U.S. Marshal, I've always known him to be an artist and innovator at heart. From photographer to writer to architect/builder of our childhood…
favorite toys for two year olds

Moms' Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

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Note: *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to…

Five Ways to Make Your House Less Desirable to Thieves

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Guest posting for us today is my good friend, Ashley. As you will read in her post, she has learned some tough life lessons that she wanted to pass on. As a small town (and slightly naive) girl myself,…
how to start a freezer club

How to Start a Freezer Club (and Why You Should)

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means we get a small commission if you make a purchase through one at no additional cost to you. Read more here. Tight budget? Want to eat…

Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

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Since all of our big projects are pretty much done in our new house, I've gotten to work on some decorating. I wish SO MUCH that I had known about this little life hack on hanging pictures a long time…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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I love taking before and after shots. As we've been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I've managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some…

The Gift of Granola: Cheap and Easy Christmas Idea!

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This holiday season, I've come up with a super easy, budget-friendly gift idea. Homemade granola! Double the batch, divide it between 3-4 large mason jars, tie a ribbon around the top and you've got…

Mirror Makeover

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   I inherited this HUGE mirror from my grandparents about a year ago. It's been hanging above my couch for quite a while and has been begging for a fresh coat of paint for a long time. The original…

Game Night: Make Your Own "Apples to Apples"

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It's no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I've got another DIY oldie but goodie that…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

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Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

How to Host a Clothing Swap

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A few nights ago, six gals accompanied with bags of clothes, shoes, and accessories gathered in my house for a clothing swap. It was SO fun! Not only did I get rid of clothes that I don't wear but I got…

How to Freeze Peaches

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If you haven't ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious. Every year I tell myself I am going to…